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Sounds like a good read. In my own life I've observed that there are only two groups of people who seem to witness with any consistency and urgency. Those who have an inner compulsion that I believe comes from genuine gift of evangelism and those that have a vision of God in His supremacy and beauty. Those that acknowledge a duty and obligation, but express little of a soul changing relationship with God seem to be be very hesitant and faltering in engaging others about salvation. I've been in both the latter positions.


Give us a watchword for the hour,
A thrilling word, a word of power;
A battle cry, a flaming breath,
A call to conquest or to death;
A word to rouse the church from rest,
To heed the Master's high behest.
The call is given, ye hosts arise,
The watchword is EVANGELIZE!
To fallen men, a dying race,
Make known the gift of gospel grace.
The world that now in darkness lies,
O Church of Christ, EVANGELIZE!
(R.G. Lee)


John Stott was a wonderful pastor and writer. I have enjoyed his work for many years.

My pastor says that Stott has probably had more influence on him than any other writer.

Ronnyie Boyd

I have read Basic Christianity and The Cross of Christ. I especially appreciated the Cross of Christ. However, he rejected the biblical teachings on hell and was an annihilationist. I am not aware that he ever changed his position on this. Who knows, had he lived and wrote for another ten years where his theology might be.
“No honest man can be a member of the church meeting at the Tabernacle, and hold annihilationist views, for now and in all time past we have borne testimony to the generally-received doctrine” (Spurgeon’s Autobiography, Vol 4, p.129)- Charles Haddon Spurgeon

peter lumpkins

Hi Ronnie

I was aware of Stott's view on annihilationism, but I am not aware of when he actually came to this position. It seems to have surfaced in 1988 in his debate with Liberal Christian, David Edwards (published in book form as Essentials : A Liberal–Evangelical Dialogue). Our Guilty Silence was more than 20 years earlier. Hence, Stott's regrettable views on annihilationism notwithstanding, his writings still generally impacted my own journey of faith, specifically being impacted by the little book on evangelism.

Thanks for your contribution...

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